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What happens to your fur baby in a divorce?

Maybe it is because so many people now wait to marry, and it seems couples decide to have children much later in life than they did in the past. Somehow the family dog has moved into a far more revered status, sleeping in beds, followed on the Internet and fed grain-free diets. Or perhaps it has always been this way, but now with technology, it has become more obvious, that the unconditional love of a pet propels them into a high-ranking status and a solid member of the family. So it isn't a surprise that a primary concern for many couples as they come to the realization that their union just isn't working is who will get custody of the pet, especially when both are vying for the privilege.

While pets were once considered property, their best interests are now being considered, and if there is contention over who retains custody, courts must decide, akin to child custody determination. Harvard has even offered a course on animal law, with lessons covering how to divide a pet's medical bills and how to determine visitation.

According to the Huffington Post, divorcing couples have had divorce settlements come unhinged when it got down to who got the family pet.

If you are contemplating a divorce and are concerned about the well-being and future of your pet, a South Carolina family law attorney may prove very useful in answering questions and negotiating a plan that you and your spouse can live with as you work through your divorce. Thankfully the law is coming to realize that an animal is not an asset as much as it is a valued member of the family.

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